ANN ARBOR -- Arguably no one had such an immense amount of hype surrounding him before the season like true freshman cornerback Jabrill Peppers had.
And this was all before taking a collegiate snap.
It is also safe to say that the start to this season has not gone the way Peppers has wanted it to, record-wise and personal statistics-wise as well. After tweaking his ankle in the season opener against Appalachian State, the injury bug would strike Peppers again after missing the Minnesota game with an undisclosed injury.
Heading into one of the most important games left on Michigan's schedule, the status of Peppers still remains to be seen.
Although featured as Michigan's starting nickelback on the depth chart for its upcoming game against Michigan State, where he has been featured before and later not appearing on the dress list, Michigan coach Brady Hoke continues to dodge questions about his status, in line with his anti-injury stance.
"We had a good practice, we had a good practice, we had a good practice," Hoke said after interrupting reporter questions regarding Peppers' status.
However, Hoke also mentioned that "he practiced well, too," in regards to Peppers. Hoke had mentioned later in the press conference that senior quarterback Devin Gardner practiced "full-go," but did not dive in further whether Peppers practiced in pads or is in game shape.
For now, take all Peppers injury talk with a grain of salt.